By ADAM TROXTELL
The Netherlands will try to put what has so far been a rough Euro 2016 qualifying campaign behind them against Turkey in one of many international games on Saturday.
After finishing third at last year’s World Cup, the Dutch side has been brought back down to Earth with a string of disappointing results that leaves them third in Group A. While they will most likely qualify in an expanded European Championship field, a win against Turkey would boost that bid.
Similarly, the Turks have found qualifying difficult, sitting two points behind Holland in fourth. The absence of Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben through injury gives them a reason to be optimistic, though in-form Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost will look to carry the Netherlands’ attack forward just the same.
Italy’s qualifying campaign is going smoothly so far, and that looks to continue on a trip to fourth-place Bulgaria. The Italians will look to take advantage of any slip-up by first-place Croatia, who has a tough task against third-place Norway in Group H.
Javier Hernandez will start for Mexico in tonight’s friendly against Ecuador, despite playing a bit-part role in Real Madrid’s La Liga campaign so far. Head coach Miguel Herrera also named Jesus Corona as the starting goalkeeper, ahead of Guillermo Ochoa.
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Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):
TODAY’S SOCCER ON TV
11 a.m. — ESPN Deportes — Kazakhstan vs. Iceland
11 a.m. — beIN Sports en Espanol — Leganes vs. Numancia
1 p.m. — ESPN3 — Azerbaijan vs. Malta
1 p.m. — ESPN Deportes — Croatia vs. Norway
1 p.m. — Fox Soccer Plus — Israel vs. Wales
1:15 p.m. — beIN Sports en Espanol — Recreativo Huelva vs. Real Betis
3 p.m. — DirecTV/MLS Live — New England vs. San Jose Earthquakes
3 p.m. — GolTV USA — Ituano vs. Portuguesa
3:45 p.m. — Fox Sports 2 — Netherlands vs. Turkey
3:45 p.m. — ESPN3 — Andorra vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina
3:45 p.m. — ESPN3 — Belgium vs. Cyprus
3:45 p.m. — ESPN Deportes — Bulgaria vs. Italy
4 p.m. — DirecTV/MLS Live — Montreal Impact vs. Orlando City
4:30 p.m. — beIN Sports USA — El Salvador vs. Argentina
7 p.m. — DirecTV/MLS Live — New York City FC vs. Sporting Kansas City
7 p.m. — DirecTV/MLS Live — D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy
7:30 p.m. — DirecTV/MLS Live — Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls
8 p.m. — DirecTV/MLS Live — Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers
8:30 p.m. — DirecTV/MLS Live — Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids
8:30 p.m. — DirecTV/MLS Live — FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders
9:30 p.m. — ESPN2 — Mexico vs. Ecuador